Why Rizal Should Be Your Next Day Trip Destination

by Julia Escano

Despite its proximity to Manila, Rizal province still doesn’t enjoy the same tourism draw of places like Tagaytay or Subic. For many, a list of things to do in Rizal exclusively contains mountains and hikes.  But what most Manileños may not know is that the cities and towns of Antipolo, Angono, Montalban, and Tanay – which are only an hour or two from the metro – are also fast-growing cultural hubs.

A quick drive through the length of Marcos Highway from Katipunan leads you to the edge of Antipolo while taking Ortigas Extension takes you to the heart of Antipolo itself. Once there, it becomes a game of “Choose Your Adventure.” Whether you’re looking to commune with nature, eat your heart out, or get more cultured, there’s a Rizal province activity that’s perfect for you. Even better, you can mix and match activities and get a small dose of everything in one weekend.

If you think you’re ready to explore Rizal, read on to create your perfect weekend day trip.

GET IN TOUCH WITH HISTORY IN RIZAL PROVINCE

Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs

Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs
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Rizal province is rich in history and if going back in time is your thing, the Angono Petroglyphs Continue reading Why Rizal Should Be Your Next Day Trip Destination

14 Ways to Soak Up Some Sun This April

Here at Ellry, we’re all about making the most out of every opportunity. And come summer-time, there will be opportunities a-knocking as parties, festivals, and workshops start happening left and right. Don’t miss out on any of these awesome events this April that are sure to give you the hottest summer ever.

bangusBangus Festival

No Filipino fiesta is complete without drumbeats filling the streets and an overflow of delicious food. In the case of Dagupan’s famous festival, the center of the celebrations is the fish every Filipino knows and loves: bangus! Tickle your tongue with the worldwide flavors of bangus at the cooking contest, let the rhythm flow through you and join in the street dancing or simply chill and listen to the steady flow of live bands playing.

April 1-30, 2016
Dagupan City, Pangasinan
Contact: (075) 523-1007 / (075) 515-8060
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Why Marikina is the Perfect City for Some Weekend Chilling

by Julia Escano

It’s far, and it floods. This is usually the extent of most Manileños’ knowledge of Marikina City. In spite of its proximity to Quezon City and Pasig, Marikina never quite enjoyed (or suffered from, depending on who you ask) an influx of people going in and out of its borders every day. Thanks to staying undisrupted by the mad corporate and commercial rush, this city at the eastern edge of NCR was able to develop into something quite unlike the rest of the busy metro.

The next time you need a break from the endless malls, or if you just want to get away from it all without actually having to leave, you may just find the answer in Marikina City. If you’re not quite sure what there is to see, here are 8 things that show how progressive the small city is and why it deserves a spot on your list of must-see places in Manila.

It has a river park

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The Marikina River Park is a long expanse stretching from SM Marikina to the Continue reading Why Marikina is the Perfect City for Some Weekend Chilling

2016 Fun Summer Workshops and Activities for Your Kids in Manila

Summer is fast approaching, and with it comes endless excitement for kids. Gone are the days of homework and waking up early to go to school. Instead, it’s time for playing and having fun all hours of the day. But just because school is temporarily over doesn’t mean that learning should stop for your children. Summer is the perfect time to combine a whole lot of fun activities and learning through summer classes for kids.

The following is a list of summer classes and workshops happening this year in Manila for any and every skill and interest. Whatever hobby or passion your child has, there are a fun and enriching program that would suit their needs.

SPORTS

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Milo Sports Clinic

One of the longest running summer sports camps in the Philippines, the Milo Sports Clinic is offered all over the country. Kids can choose from 17 sports programs including basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, swimming, tennis, and Continue reading 2016 Fun Summer Workshops and Activities for Your Kids in Manila

Gorgeous Boracay Hideaways for Families and Barkadas

Summer is right around the corner, and it’s never too early to plan the perfect trip. If you are bursting to get some sea and sun with your barkada or family, Boracay is always a safe bet for fun – and then some. But it isn’t just the island’s legendary beaches and waters that could make a trip memorable; the perfect lodging could do so too. There is now a ton of Boracay group accommodations for extended families or large cliques that not only give you a place to rest your head after a night of partying, but also create a whole other experience.

Check out these gorgeous accommodations perfect for big groups like barkadas and families. We dare you to resist.

The Ocean View Penthouse at Karuna Suites

Boracay group accommodations: The Ocean View Penthouse at Karuna Suites

Boracay group accommodations: Karuna Suites (Top View)

The Gist: A serviced penthouse with 180° views of the island
P 23,757/night
The Space: Accommodates: 12
Bathrooms: 4
Bedrooms: 4
Beds: 4
Rating: 4 stars (151 reviews)
Amenities: Swimming pool
Kitchen
Butler service
Wireless internet
Air-conditioning

If you are looking for something truly remarkable, look no further. Karuna Suites Continue reading Gorgeous Boracay Hideaways for Families and Barkadas

Enjoy the Best of Japan’s Sakura in these Scenic Alternative Spots

by Julia Escano

From late March to early May, spring undeniably takes hold of Japan and creates a magic that has captivated people the world over. The season ushers in the blooming of the legendary sakura, or cherry blossoms, which breathes life back into the stark winter landscape. It draws crowds near and far, and all over the country locals and tourists alike enjoy hanami, or the ancient Japanese custom of viewing transient blooms.

Because the sakura only blossoms for a short amount of time – an estimated average of 2 weeks for 2016 – the rush to see them becomes more urgent. Thus, thousands upon thousands of people flock Japan to see the flowers for themselves. As the biggest international hubs, Tokyo and Osaka enjoy the largest number of tourists every year who come for hanami. While their vast parks can afford visitors excellent views, they also tend to get overcrowded thanks to loud and occasionally rowdy hanami parties.

Viewing the Sakura does not necessarily mean getting thrust into that atmosphere, however. If you are looking for more quiet spots for your hanami, there are plenty all over the country to choose from. This is also a great excuse to experience the country beyond its big cities. Thanks to Japan’s efficient railway system, getting to Continue reading Enjoy the Best of Japan’s Sakura in these Scenic Alternative Spots